According to Internet freedom group European Digital Rights, provisions that would criminalize our Internet use may be dropped from the Canada-EU Trade Agreement (CETA)! While the battle isn’t over yet, this is a huge step forward for the Internet freedom community and the thousands of Canadians who shouted down the same provisions in July of this year, when they were part of the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).
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After an overwhelming response from citizens worldwide speaking out, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has today released all documents related to next month's discussions.
In releasing the texts, the ITU has even acknowledged that there are proposals that "would have a significant impact on the Internet". It's a welcome shift towards transparency – one that has been inspired by people like you – but we need to keep up the pressure.
Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations are continuing to expand, with Canada and Mexico formally joining as 'second-tier' negotiators at next month's talks. These closed-door meetings will include discussions that could censor, criminalize and apply fines to everyday Internet users.
It's been suggested that a wave of online censorship was enforced over Chinese citizens during a recent Communist Party meeting. This authoritative muffling of free speech might come as little surprise, but the fact that it could extend beyond China's borders is sure to be unsettling.
At closed-door discussions to be held next month, an Internet treaty will be discussed that could grant repressive regimes with dominant control over the Internet. This would lead to greater surveillance over everyday online activity, more expensive access costs and strict censorship that would have governments deciding what citizens can or cannot see.
Join us alongside a coalition of global organizations in speaking out against these restrictive measures at ProtectInternetFreedom.net.
In just under a month, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) – an agency of the United Nations – will gather government representatives from around the world to discuss proposed Internet governance rules. These closed-door talks surrounding how everyday citizens use and access the Internet are reminiscent of prior and ongoing trade agreements; decisions about how we use the Internet should be made in an open and participatory way.
As many of you know, two weeks ago Canada and Mexico formally joined the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations as ‘second tier’ negotiators, requiring their governments to accept the unknown provisions that have already been negotiated. The negotiations are storming ahead, keeping up an absurd level of secrecy around decisions that will limit what we can do online, and how we can innovate.
Wow. Telecom giants and repressive regimes are teaming up to use a little-known UN agency to make the Internet more expensive,1 surveilled,2 and censored.3
You are part of what looks like the largest movement in history. And the stakes couldn't be higher.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement is about to get a bit more crowded, as now Thailand has announced plans to join the ongoing trade talks. The closed-door meetings will include discussions that could radically change your everyday Internet use.
Let TPP negotiators know that citizens worldwide rightfully deserve a seat at the table. Send your message to trade representatives through OpenTheTPP.net.
Article by Daniel Ten Kate and Suttinee Yuvejwattana for Bloomberg News:
A closed-door meeting to be held next month will determine if your Internet use will become governed by a UN agency – the ITU – in imposing greater controls and limiting personal expression.
We're assembling a multi-national coalition of organizations and citizens to express their rights to Internet freedom. Learn more about who's involved with this global movement at ProtectInternetFreedom.net.
Article by Paola Totaro and Claire Connelly for News Limited Network